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Norwegian Blue Forests Network (NBFN) - Top Ten Trends from 2022

01 Feb 2023

2022 was a year of contrasts. On the one hand, there was growing interest in blue forests-related issues such as the blue economy, marine protection, and how the ocean can play a major role in lifting us out of the current climate and environmental crisis. On the other hand, 2022 was a record-breaking year, in a record-breaking decade, of climate catastrophes. Interest in nature-based solutions continued to rise – as did the recognition that protecting and restoring blue forest ecosystems (including mangroves, seagrasses, salt marshes and kelp ecosystems) is one such measure. Indeed, blue carbon has become a buzzword in the climate sector – hailed as a possible underused resource to help us keep to the much-needed promise of 1.5∘C warming above pre-industrial temperature levels. In recognition of its importance, 2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 27) final declaration included, for the first time, a dedicated sub-section on the ocean. The text “encourages Parties to consider, as appropriate, ocean-based action in their national climate goals and in the implementation of these goals.”

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